Asbestos Related Lung Cancer

Lung cancer can be caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Larger asbestos fibers tend to lodge themselves in the lungs while smaller fibers lodge in the lining of the lungs, called the mesothelium. Over time, the asbestos fibers build up and scar tissue begins to develop. That scar tissue can eventually cause enough cell damage to generate the formation of cancer tumors.

In order for lung cancer to be attributed to exposure to asbestos, there must be a history of exposure to asbestos fibers. In addition, the lungs must show a higher than average amount of asbestos fibers and the period between the initial asbestos exposure and the onset of cancer must be at least 10 years. The likelihood and severity of asbestos related lung cancer depends on the amount of asbestos exposure and the length of time that the individual was exposed.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, or if a loved one has died as a result of asbestos-related lung cancer, call Harvit & Schwartz at (304) 343-4100, or email us for a free consultation.